Master of Arts in HR Management
Hawaii Pacific University
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that HPU’s Master of Arts in Human Resource Management is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Worldwide, only 67 programs in 62 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative, created in 2006 to help the Society define HR education standards taught in university business schools across the nation and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.
HRCI Approved Provider
The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management degree program is now a Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) Approved Provider. With this certification, HPU is now authorized to provide courses for recertification credit for HR professionals who are already certified, as well as for graduate degree seeking students or non-degree seeking individuals working toward certification. HR professionals who are certified as Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) are required to earn 60 continuing education credits over a two-year period in order to recertify. As an HRCI approved provider, HPU can provide students with options and flexibility to fulfill the continuing education credit requirements.
About the Program
Successful management of an organization’s human capital requires a logical, consistent strategy for moving people into, around, and out of the organization. Human Resource (HR) professionals work other senior managers to ensure that all employees work efficiently and effectively to accomplish the organization’s mission and goals. Generally, HR professionals are expected to be strong subject matter experts in six distinct bodies of HR knowledge: strategic management, workforce planning and employment, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits management, human resource development, and occupational health, safety, and security. Hawaii Pacific University’s MAHRM curriculum is built around these bodies of knowledge, to ensure that students successfully completing our classes are prepared to face and conquer the challenges posed by the growing complexity and competitiveness of the business and economic environments.
Options for Working Professionals
At HPU, we recognize the multiple responsibilities faced by working professionals, and offer several options for qualified students interested in continuing their professional education. The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a concentrated option, consisting of 4 graduate-level HR courses. The certificate is an option for HR professionals or professionals in other fields who already possess graduate degrees, or who need to update their skills and training. The master’s degree prepares students for their first HR management positions, and consists of 12 graduate-level courses in human resource management, information systems, organizational behavior and change, sustainable human systems, and law. Courses in both the certificate program and the master’s program are taught by our nationally and internationally recognized faculty, who are well-credentialed, certified HR professionals able to combine solid academic theory and professional experience in the classroom setting.
Students from a variety of backgrounds are attracted to this graduate program. Therefore, to ensure each student is adequately prepared for the academic rigors of a graduate-level program, the following courses must be satisfactorily completed as a foundation for graduate studies:
- CSCI 3201 Information Management Using Spreadsheets and Databases
- SOC 3100 Methods of Inquiry*
- SOC 3200 Social Statistics*
*or the equivalent of 6 credits of undergraduate courses in research methods and statistics.
International applicants who are applying to on of HPU's master's degree are eligible to apply for the Trustee, Dean, and Kokua scholarships.
International applicants, who wish to apply for a master's program or graduate certificate must submit the following documents listed below in addition to the general admissions requirements.
English translations must accompany all official university/college transcripts. Include transcripts from all universities attended as well as certified copies of "A" Level (or similar post secondary) examinations and/or certificate programs.
English Language Requirements
All non-native speakers of English may satisfy the English competency requirement by completing one (1) of the following:
- Graduate from a college or university from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia or;
- Earn a minimum TOEFL or IETLS score
- Enroll in an ESL program and complete Level 112**
Statement of Financial Support
All applicants must submit the following two documents:
- An original or certified bank statement or letter showing that you, your sponsor, or guardian(s) have an account which provides sufficient funds to cover one year of study at HPU. See Cost of Living chart below for expected dollar amounts.
- If you have a sponsor, you must submit a completed and signed HPU Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form, please refer to the Cost of Living chart below. The amounts on the form are for 2010-2011, but the form may still be used.
Please submit a copy of the page within your passport that includes your personal information and your picture.
Graduate Student Expenses
For the 2012-13 academic year, full-time (9 credits/semester) student expenses for most programs are:
- Regular Tuition: $13,590
- Room & Board*: $12,482
- Other Expenses**: $3,285
- Total: $29,357
*Room and Board Expenses are for off-campus housing
**Other Expenses include books, personal expenses, fees, and a student bus pass